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The Power of Prana

2012 March-April
Reviewer:
Kristine Morris

The Power of Prana: Breathe Your Way to Health and Vitality

By Master Stephen Co and Eric B. Robins with John Merryman

Sounds True

Everyone, from parents with small children and full-time jobs, to corporate executives and high-level athletes, can use more energy — but the kind that comes with taking stimulants or prescription drugs, overdosing on caffeine and carbohydrates, or even engaging in strenuous physical exercise can have negative side effects. Instead of all of these, Master Stephen Co’s Power of Prana introduces us to an ancient healing and revitalizing technique that can enhance our energy in just a few minutes a day, without our having to perform complex postures, learn complicated routines, or purchase expensive equipment.

His system, the “Nine Energizing Breaths,” is part of a larger body of esoteric wisdom that has been shared by many spiritual teachers and is integral to Pranic Healing (a type of energy medicine that uses prana, or universal life force, to heal oneself and others) and to Arhatic Yoga, a rich, multilevel energetic and spiritual system of meditation, purification, and prana-generating techniques. These ancient techniques have been simplified, streamlined, and made even more effective by Co’s teacher, Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui, whose powerful set of breathing exercises don’t require much flexibility or athleticism and can be done in ten minutes. The technique has been endorsed by many leading doctors and health care practitioners and is rapidly gaining acceptance at hospitals and sports facilities worldwide. It’s also making a difference for those who are seeking to remain healthy and full of youthful vitality as they age.

Judging by the countless cosmetics used to make us appear younger, the growing number of drugs to enhance libido, and the variety of surgical procedures to lift, peel, augment, or suction this or that part of the body, our contemporary world certainly has a fixation on youthfulness and longevity,” says Co. “While modern medical science may enable the body to appear younger, the Nine Energizing Breaths, based on energetic truths about the way the body produces and absorbs prana, can actually help your body be more youthful and rejuvenated. And unlike current medical, cosmetic, or pharmaceutical solutions, this ‘true way of energy,’ as it might be called, is safe, simple, inexpensive, quick, and effective.” The exercises in Master Co’s book are also available as a CD, Power Breathing: Prana Practices for Health and Vitality , by Sounds True.

Master Stephen Co has taught energy healing and vitality-boosting techniques to thousands in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has been featured frequently in the media and is the author of Your Hands Can Heal You (Free Press, 2004).